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Backup VS Clone

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Good day to all,

I want to make a copy/image/etc. of my laptop in case my hard drive ever crashes.  I have been doing a "Backup" every 6 months or so.  I noticed an option called "Clone" in the choices?  Sounds like this would be more "useful" if I had to copy all info to a new hard drive once the old one crashes?  But I haven't figured out what I'm really doing yet.  Any advise would be greatly appriciated.

Thanks, Maka

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Maka, welcome to these public User Forums.

See the link in my signature describing the difference between Backup and Clone.

A Backup can be scheduled to run on a regular schedule and multiple backups can be stored on a single storage drive to give multiple options for recovery when needed.

A Clone is a dedicated manual process creating a 1:1 duplicate copy of the Source drive to a Target drive and has to be repeated for every major change to the source drive!

Laptop drives and cloning require additional consideration as below:

Please see KB 56634: Acronis True Image: how to clone a disk - and review the step by step guide given there.

Note: the first section of the above KB document directs laptop users to KB 2931: How to clone a laptop hard drive - and has the following paragraph:

It is recommended to put the new drive in the laptop first, and connect the old drive via USB. Otherwise you will may not be able to boot from the new cloned drive, as Acronis True Image will apply a bootability fix to the new disk and adjust the boot settings of the target drive to boot from USB. If the new disk is inside the laptop, the boot settings will be automatically adjusted to boot from internal disk. As such, hard disk bays cannot be used for target disks. For example, if you have a target hard disk (i.e. the new disk to which you clone, and from which you intend to boot the machine) in a bay, and not physically inside the laptop, the target hard disk will be unbootable after the cloning.